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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Coomes Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781470834746
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Known to millions as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and the bestselling author of a dozen detective novels, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was in reality a complex woman––moved, she said, by “a careless rage for life.” It is this complex Sayers, brilliant student, controversial apologist, witty, bawdy, intolerant of fools––the woman “terrified of emotion”––who is revealed in this new biography.

The production of Sayers’ radio play on the life of Christ, The Man Born to Be King, raised a storm of controversy. Reveling in the verbal battle, pugnacious, tenacious, she nonetheless pursued the Christian faith not merely as an intellectual godgame, but as the dominant force in her life. The Wimsey novels’ treatment of the themes of justice, guilt, punishment and the imperatives of personal responsibility reflect her beliefs.

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  • “Narrator [McCaddon] enhances Coomes’ extensive use of Sayers’ letters by reading them in character, adding to our sense of the author speaking to us in her own voice. Her British accent lends crisp authority and distinction, doing full justice to such splendid passages as Sayers’ introduction to her translation of Dante’s Inferno. She sets a swift pace that carries us along, dropping in deft pauses to let us know the writer is about to change course. The clean, uncluttered production gives the author the stage.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 9/10/2013

    " Well written biography. Coomes does a fantastic job of portraying Sayers as not only a scholar and writer, but as a woman who has faith and faults like all of us. "

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About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.